China-U.S. ties not necessarily defined by rivalry: U.S. security advisor

The United States looks for new opportunities to further its relations with China, and the two countries are not necessarily destined for confrontation, U.S. top security advisor Thomas Donilon said here on Monday. During a foreign policy speech at the Asia Society, Donilon said Washington will continue its strategic re-balancing in Asia-Pacific with a focus […]

U.S. slaps fresh sanctions on DPRK bank, individuals

The Obama administration on Monday slapped fresh sanctions on a primary foreign exchange bank and four individuals in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for their alleged role in the Asian country’s nuclear and missile programs. The Department of Treasury blacklisted the Foreign Trade Bank ( FTB) in Pyongyang and Paek Se-Bong, chairman of […]

China to complete integrated mapping system by 2020

China will build up an integrated mapping system to cover the ground, underground, sea, air and outer space by 2020, said a senior official of the national surveying and mapping authority. The system, when completed, will facilitate the country’s economic development, national defense and government decision-making, Li Pengde, deputy director of the National Administration of […]

EU strengthens sanctions against Iran

The European Union (EU) on Monday decided to strengthened its sanctions against Iran. Following a review, Foreign Ministers of the 27-member bloc met in Brussels decided to prolong the EU restrictive measures in response to “serious human rights violations in Iran” by 12 months. The EU also added nine persons responsible for the alleged human […]

Chinese fleet returns after S China Sea patrols

A Chinese patrol team returned to Guangzhou on Tuesday after covering 2,455 nautical miles in the South China Sea to carry out regular observation and patrol operations. The team, consisting of two China Marine Surveillance (CMS) ships — Haijian 84 and Haijian 72, had patrolled the Xisha and Nansha Islands and their nearby waters for […]

Mainland hails Lien Chan’s visit

The ongoing visit of Honorary Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan has positive significance to mainland-Taiwan exchanges and high-level interaction, according to a mainland spokeswoman. A new consensus between the two sides has been established during the visit, Fan Liqing, the spokeswoman for Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press conference Wednesday […]